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OnePlus 3 camera samples: Here’s what this puppy can do

by Brandon Russell | June 14, 2016June 14, 2016 10:20 am PDT

OnePlus went all out this year with the monstrous OnePlus 3, creating a premium design with the specs to match—and the thing is still obscenely affordable at just $399. Even better, you don’t need a stupid invite to get your hands on one, which means you can order the device beginning today and get it before the month is up.

While we’re enormously impressed by the specs and software experience so far, we still haven’t had the opportunity to really assess how the camera holds up compared to the LG G5 or Galaxy S7. The cameras inside the OnePlus One and OnePlus Two were so-so, which means expectations are high for the company to really step it up. So does the OnePlus 3 deliver?

As usual, we’re giving you the opportunity to analyze and nitpick the photos before we fully immerse ourselves into review mode. My gut reaction is that the photos look quite nice for 2016 standards, but I’m holding judgment until we spend more time with the device.

The OnePlus 3 sports a rear 16-megapixel Sony sensor with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and an f/2.0 aperture; the camera also captures 4K video, which is about standard for today’s flagship devices. There’s also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and the ability to record 1080p video.

These are specs you’d expect from a phone of this caliber, so how does it stand out? Well, in addition to the inclusion of PDAF, the OnePlus 3 also sports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), ensuring users get the least amount of shake when taking photos and recording video. As long as you have a beating heart you’re going to shake, so it’s nice that OnePlus is taking a dual stabilization approach.

In addition, there are pro features such as manual controls, Raw support, dynamic de-noise, HD mode, and an auto HDR mode, which automatically activates in ideal situations. The pictures you see above were all taken without any intervention for me, which means I didn’t change any settings are touch the pictures up in post. What you see is what you get.

With the help of the Snapdragon 820 chip and 6GB of RAM, the camera launches and operates quickly, and pictures snap incredibly fast, too. I’ve also found that the PDAF finds and nails the subject I’m aiming at with nearly 100 percent accuracy—some good early signs that I’m sure will only improve with future software updates.

Check out the camera samples above and let us know what you think. We’ll continue using the OnePlus 3 throughout the week and have our full review soon.

Note: The pictures above have been resized and watermarked for the purposes of this post. If you want to see the original versions, follow this link here.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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